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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Songs of Day and Night.
I. God Near and Far
By Alexander B. Grosart (1835–1899)
 
1 Kings viii. 46.

NO one so far away as God,
  Yet none Who is so near;
Eternity is His abode;
  But lo! I find Him here;
Within my heart—that by His grace        5
He chosen has for dwelling-place.
 
No one so far away as God,
  Yet none Who is so near;
O how it lighteneth our load,
  And stilleth ev’ry fear!        10
To look upon the Earth and sky,
Assur’d that God is ever nigh.
 
No one so far away as God,
  Yet none Who is so near;
For He Who this Earth’s acres trod,        15
  Wipes still the falling tear;
Altho’ His Throne is far above,
He liveth yet, Incarnate Love.
 
No one so far away as God,
  Yet none Who is so near;        20
The Universe shakes at His nod,
  But guiltiest needs not fear;
“My Lord, my God,” doth see the BLOOD,
And His great Covenant stands good.
 
No one so far away as God,        25
  Yet none Who is so near;
Far mightier than Moses’ rod,
  Is the great rod of prayer;
Upheld within the hand of FAITH,
Sure-fulfill’d is all “He saith.”        30
 
No one so far away as God,
  Yet none Who is so near;
For lo! ’twixt Heav’n and Earth the ROOD
  Uniteth sphere and sphere;
In light of light the great God dwells,        35
But visiteth in lowliest cells.
 
No one so far away as God,
  Yet none Who is so near;
Eternity is His abode;
  But lo! I find Him here;        40
Within my heart—that by His grace
He chosen has for dwelling-place.
 
 
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